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Little Catch Seafood
Little Catch Seafood

Little Catch Seafood

Surf’s Up in Tramore

After nearly a decade spent working as a chef in restaurants from Dublin to Waterford, I decided to start my own venture and launched Little Catch in the summer of 2021. Specialising in a takeaway seafood menu and based in Tramore, Co. Waterford. I serve out of my vibrant pink and white food truck favourites such as, Lobster rolls, Crispy Prawn bao buns, Chowder, Smoked haddock arancini, Prawn toasts and lots more specials.  I’m also proud to be able to source and use the best local suppliers, such as our lobster which comes from the nearby Copper Coast.

a hand squirting lemon juice on a lobster roll
Luscious Lobster Roll

I’m also proud to be able to source and use the best local suppliers, such as our lobster which comes from the nearby Copper Coast.

Food Truck Freedom

My favourite thing about running my own food truck is the mobility and flexibility it offers. I really love being able to bring my food to different locations and events around the country. Previously, I worked in kitchens in restaurants and I wouldn’t get the chance to interact face-to-face with customers so it’s such a nice change and great to meet so many friendly new faces.

The most frustrating aspect can be the logistical hurdles of running a food truck, such as finding suitable parking permits and of course the unpredictable Irish weather!

Profile picture of owner Denise in her Little Catch Food Truck

Workdays usually begin with collecting fresh lobster, which I then cook, de-shell, and prepare for service, alongside prepping all the necessary mise en place for the rest of the menu. The following morning, I stock the food truck with everything we’ll need for the day. Later as the day winds down, the evenings are spent cleaning, prepping, restocking, and getting everything ready to do it all over again the next day.

The freedom of being able to work for myself; this keeps me going. I can change the menu as I wish and create the food that I’m inspired by. It’s incredibly rewarding to see a satisfied customer enjoying my food and to hear their positive feedback. I also love traveling and seeking out a good food market or restaurant. I get great inspiration from this!

The freedom of being able to work for myself; this keeps me going.

Initially, I got some support from my family and secured some funding through grants which helped me get started with purchasing the necessary equipment. My family and my partner Cathy have been an amazing support in the vision of Little Catch. I have a lot to thank them for!

Pop-Up Project

Without a doubt! I see great potential for a Little Catch expansion down the line. However for 2024, my focus is to broaden our presence through increased participation in festivals, events and pop-ups. A collaborative project, I’m very excited to be invited to do is a Dinner Pop-Up with Chef Luis Martin of The Old Couch (now Mara) on the 8th & 9th of March . Together, we’ll curate a 11-course tasting menu that blends food truck cuisine with the sophistication of fine dining. This collaboration is particularly exciting for me as I’ve had the pleasure of working with Luis in the past.

A photo collage of menu favourites by Little Catch Seafood
Seafood Specials: Prawn bao buns (left) Smoked salmon donut (top) & Bowl of smoked haddock arancini.

It has been incredibly beneficial. It has allowed me to promote our upcoming locations as we tend to be on the move a lot. Having good food content is also important, people eat with their eyes!

Primarily through Instagram* where I share or re-post our customer’s photos of our food and new updates on our location. It’s a fantastic platform for connecting with potential customers plus it’s lots of fun creating new content!

 I’m very excited to be invited to do a Dinner Pop-Up with Chef Luis Martin of The Old Couch.

Tasteful Trucking Tips

I suppose one of my top tips for food truck owners is to do efficient prep and planning, this will save you time during busy service periods.

My advice for someone starting their own food truck business is to be passionate about your craft. Embrace the challenges as opportunities for growth. Surround yourself with great support. Make sure to build relationships with local suppliers and fellow food truck owners, and always prioritise quality and consistency.

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CHECKOUT the seafood inspired 11-Course Dining Experience on Fri 8th & Sat 9th March! BOOK via THE OLD COUCH CAFÉ website

*FOLLOW Little Catch Seafood on social for news, menus and location updates: Instagram & Facebook

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